Argha Noah Sprinkles Magic Dust In Atlanta, GA
Many days of rains from the heavens leaves a flood inside the long uninhabited confines of the Harp Transmission Station on Memorial Drive. Water fills every corner of its interior. Obstacles filling the days leading up to the first Sunset Showcase. The mission for the night is to provide various works of art for the public to experience, combined together in a way that is new for a venue of this nature.
Opening the night, Komron, a local act occasionally found at The Sound Table and member of internationally known music collective Q/Q, provides a deep tech gateway of house music as the sun sets beyond his feet. A small crowd begins to fill the space coming by auto, bike, and even foot. Upon entering, a donation is suggested as Argha Noah’s goal is to provide free or donation-based events to the public making our programs and experiences accessible to all. The lot of concrete gradually fills with diverse faces and backgrounds in ethnicity and experiences. Architects, urbanists, artists, teachers, social leaders, barbers, and children are seen moving to atmospheric rhythms filling the air.
Adjacent to the DJ, a multi-colored room filled with various installations signifying a slightly-off household living room lies beyond a wall of glass. What used to be a light-filled lobby of a transmission station is now a topic of curiosity-fueled conversation as the guests converse about their anticipations of the space.
Atlanta based, genre-bending, pop-artist Hommeboy sets foot into the glass space from a room beyond. 80s and 90s dance footage projecting onto the industrial wall at the back of the space can be seen from passerby on the street. We watch Hommeboy casually moving within the space from the outside, bouncing playground balls against the windows.
We are voyeurs into the untouchable hues of purple, green, and red beyond the glass. Hommeboy’s half-hour soundscape of city sounds blended with audible insects and natural vibrations fills our ears and guide us into a soulful journey of dance and wonder.
As the performance time decreases the movements of the audience members increase; shouting, whistling, hands being raised in the air all indicating an emotional response of ecstasy. For the final song, he sheds his white collared shirt and pairs his tracksuit bottoms with a black leather jacket. His industrial beat hit, Paradise Garage begins asking us “why we’re tryna not have a good time”. There seems to be an opposing response as the audience shakes the dance floor with their feet.
is then revealed,
emanating blue light
Hommeboy’s Living Room.
The mysteriously leading portal seems to build a new wave of anticipation as experience-goers are guided to a larger exhibition space in the back of the building.
Blue light fades into a childlike wall mural prefacing the experience in the space. “Rhythm Of Ghana”, an experimental short film created by Atlanta-based artist Brandon Polack.
Wood planks and cinderblock seats fill up as the majority stands, being brought into the film by a quote saying “To be is to beat”. Through visuals of children playing with tires in the bush, drum beats and gunshots at funerals, and food preparation at bustling local markets, the film provides an intimate international narrative exploring traditional rhythm and dance, sound, and urban customs. A final on-screen drum performance flows into applause. Guests slowly file out as others come in to watch the film again. This event, produced by Argha Noah amazes all, being pulled together in just five short days.
The ancient peoples inhabiting the lands surrounding the Nile, who instead of fearing the waters of chaos, embraced the annual floods for leaving a fresh course of minerals and nutrients in the soil. Argha Noah, as this ancient happening was named, has claimed its resurgence as it seems we have provided fertile sustenance for all who inhabited the lands of Harp Transmission.
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Argha Noah is an artist-run civic engagement platform transforming unused urban spaces into pop-up community art hubs. To hear about our upcoming experiences or to get involved shoot us a line at www.arghanoah.com or follow us on Instagram @Argha_Noah.